Author: Emma Thomson


MISHAWAKA, IN – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) will host an “Academy Day” session this weekend at Grissom Air Reserve Base in Miami County. The purpose of the event is to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about applying to U.S. Service Academies.

Representatives from both offices will be available to offer important information about the different U.S. Service Academies, including the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point and U.S. Naval Academy. Students can learn more about application and selection process, which can be facilitated through Congressional offices.

For more information on “Academy Day”, please contact Sharon Christophel at 574-204-2645 or visit Congresswoman Walorski’s website.

WHO: Congresswoman Jackie Walorski and Senator Dan Coats

WHAT: “Academy Day” Session in Northern Indiana

WHEN: Saturday, April 6, 2013

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

WHERE: Milestone Event Center at Grissom Air Reserve Base

1458 Liberator Road

Grissom Air Reserve Base, IN


SOUTH BEND, IN – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, today toured the VA’s new Community Based Outpatient Clinic in South Bend. Hosted by VA Northern Indiana Chief of Staff Ajay Dhawan, Ambulatory Care Solutions CEO John Earnest and Executive Director Thomas Merry, Walorski received a complete tour of the facility and spoke with health administrators and staff about the pressing challenges facing the VA and veteran’s health care.

“With over 53,000 Hoosier veterans in the Second District, it is critical that Congress works closely with the VA and health care clinics to deliver efficient services to those who deserve it most,” said Walorski. “I am proud to have such a dynamic health center right here in South Bend, and look forward to improving health care options and reducing the backlog that often causes unreasonable wait times for our veterans.”

The community based outpatient clinic specializes in primary services for Michiana veterans, including mental health services and special care referrals. The South Bend VA Clinic opened in 2012 and will employ around 100 people, serving 60-70,000 veterans annually.

“It was great to host Rep. Walorski at our facility today to explain more about the important services we provide for our veterans,” said Thomas Merry, Executive Director of Ambulatory Care Solutions. “As we continue to improve veteran’s health care, we appreciate her continued involvement with the South Bend VA Clinic.”

The South Bend VA Clinic is part of the Northern Indiana Health Care System, which is headquartered in Ft. Wayne. In order to accommodate more veterans, the clinic plans to open a new 65,000 square-foot facility in the South Bend area in 2015.


Congresswoman stops in all 10 counties for district-wide agriculture tour

MISHAWAKA, IN – In recognition of Indiana’s Agriculture Appreciation Month, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) traveled Indiana’s Second District for the “Hoosier Harvest Tour.” Joining roundtable discussions with local farmers and members of the Indiana Farm Bureau, Walorski learned important updates on relevant issues affecting producers in Northern Indiana.

“Our grassroots effort provided valuable insight about the current needs and concerns in Indiana’s agricultural industry,” said Walorski. “Our hard working Hoosiers work tirelessly to provide an abundant food supply and create jobs in our communities. Moving forward, Congress must do their part to strengthen agriculture to sustain family farms—keeping our economy strong.”

Last year, Congress failed to pass a 5-year Farm Bill, putting farmers at a disadvantage and projecting Washington uncertainty onto the agriculture industry. Indiana is home to over 60,000 farms, covering 14.5 million acres of land and accounting for 16 percent of the workforce—most commonly producing corn for grain and soybeans in the Second District. In the face of a horrific drought last summer, Hoosier farmers expressed the importance of federal support for critical programs and the need to repeal overly burdensome regulations.

“We appreciate Rep. Walorski organizing this tour, gaining valuable insight about our daily concerns,” said Brad Lawrence, Starke County Farm Bureau President. “Her grassroots effort to connect with local farmers and understand the tough issues will be invaluable as she works to represent us in Congress.”

Congresswoman Walorski stopped at family farms in all 10 counties of Indiana’s Second District over the course of two days—ranging from livestock to wheat farms. She also attended the Starke County Annual Farm Bureau meeting in Knox.


MISHAWAKA, IN – In recognition of the three-year anniversary of the President’s Health Care Law, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) visited Complexus Medical to hear about the impact of Obamacare on Michiana businesses.

“The medical device tax is just one example of bad policy to burden innovators, eliminate good-paying jobs, and endanger quality care. Northern Indiana is the global leader of the orthopedic industry, but Washington red tape, higher premiums, and onerous mandates are compromising options for our seniors, veterans, and American families.”

The President’s Health Care law contains an onerous 2.3 percent medical device tax, which went into effect on January 1, 2013. Some Indiana companies have already warned patients of increasing prices and postponed company expansion. Medical device manufacturers provide approximately 20,000 jobs in Indiana, with over 50,000 additional jobs directly related to the medical technology industry.

“The taxes and regulations streaming out of Washington will stifle innovation for customers and cause a ripple effect on my business, jeopardizing my companies’ growth, and forcing the OEM’s in the medical device industry to consider oversea supply chains,” said Dave Behrens, President of Complexus Medical.

Complexus Medical, formally known as F&F Specialties, is one of many emerging leaders in orthopedic instrument manufacturing in the Second District. Their high-quality medical components symbolize a new generation of improved health care technology that could be significantly diminished if government regulations continue to levy taxes and derail economic growth.

“I am pleased the Senate has recently joined House efforts to repeal the medical device tax. Moving forward, I will continue to support commonsense reforms to put patient care first and improve our health care system,” said Walorski.

Congresswoman Walorski is an original co-sponsor of the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 523) to eliminate the 2.3 percent tax on the sale of medical devices.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today voted for passage of the House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2014, H. Con. Res. 25. As a member of the House Budget Committee, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski applauded the passage of a budget that will balance in 10 years, spur economic growth, and enable job creation.

“American families deserve a serious budget that balances without taking more money out of their pockets,” said Walorski. “I am proud to support this commonsense plan to reduce wasteful spending, jumpstart the economy, and put more Hoosiers back to work—without raising taxes.”

The House budget plan reduces federal spending by $4.6 trillion over the next decade and calls for revenue neutral tax reform. According to Stanford University economists, this budget could result in $1500 in additional household income for taxpayers by next year, and $4000 more by 2024.

“If Senate Democrats pass their budget, the American people will have a clear choice between our budget that creates more opportunities for hardworking families, or a budget that increases taxes and wasteful spending—jeopardizing the American dream for future generations,” said Walorski.

The House Budget Resolution passed Committee last week and will now be sent to the Senate for consideration. Senate Democrats are currently working on a separate budget that imposes approximately $1 trillion in new taxes, increases federal spending, and never balances. President Obama has still not presented a budget to Congress.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02), a member of the House Budget Committee, today spoke on the House floor in support of the House Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2014, H. Con. Res. 25. Last week, the House Budget Committee passed a resolution to balance the federal budget in 10 years, spur economic growth, and create more jobs.

Click here to watch the floor speech.

Full Remarks:

“Today, we are not talking about balancing a budget for the sake of balancing a budget.

“The goal is not to check a box, what we are discussing is about more than a just budget.

“We are debating the kind of future we believe we should leave our children.

“The choice before us today is clear.

“If Congress does not get its spending under control our nation faces a debt crisis that will only make our fiscal situation worse.

“House Republicans recognized the urgency of the situation, and we acted.

“I am proud to have worked with my colleagues to produce a budget that makes responsible reforms and promotes economic growth and job creation.

“The House budget balances in ten years and gets our nation back on track.

“The Democrats budget doesn’t balance at all within CBO’s budget window and includes $1.2 trillion in tax increases.

“Our budget reforms the tax code and lowers taxes for everyone.

“Hardworking Hoosier families sit around their kitchen tables and make tough choices to keep a budget.

“Our households and businesses work hard to live within their means, and the federal government should, too.

“The basic principle of keeping budgets is important to all American families.

“When I am home in the Second District, I hear from moms in the grocery store who are worried about the rising cost of a carton or eggs and a gallon of milk.

“Parents are concerned about their children’s futures:

“Will they be able to save for college?

“Or find a job when they enter the workforce?

“The truth is: the uncertainty in Washington burdens our families at home.

“It is time for Washington to be held accountable and pass a responsible budget.

“According to Stanford University economists, our budget would result in $1500 more for each household by 2014 and $4000 more for each household by 2024.

“Our budget includes common sense policies that will spur investment and job creation and roll back regulations that hurt businesses and stifle economic growth.

“History will judge us by the future we leave to our children.

“If we refuse to make responsible, serious decisions about our budget, we will jeopardize the American dream for future generations.

“We must ensure that our children have the same, if not better, opportunities than we had to succeed.

“I urge my colleagues to make the responsible decision to support this budget and provide a brighter future for our children.

“Thank you and I yield back the balance of the time.”


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) released the following statement regarding the House passage of the SKILLS Act (H.R. 803):

“Passage of the SKILLS Act will help modernize and reform federal workforce programs, equipping American workers with necessary skills to qualify for available job openings and contribute to the economy. I applaud the House’s effort to streamline and promote more effective job training to help a wider spectrum of Hoosiers, from high school graduates to disabled veterans. This bill will strengthen the workforce in Northern Indiana, particularly for manufacturing jobs that require specialized training and unique skill sets. Upon final passage, this legislation will expedite job placement and reduce unemployment for the 12 million Americans currently seeking jobs.”


MISHAWAKA, IN – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today announced her office will be accepting artwork for the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. This is a nationwide art competition open to all high school students sponsored by the United States House of Representatives. Any legal high school resident of the Second District is eligible to submit artwork to the Mishawaka District Office, or drop-off locations in Rochester and Plymouth.

Artwork will be judged by a panel of art professionals from the Second District (60%) and votes tallied by Facebook “shares” on Congresswoman Walorski’s official page (40%). The first place winner will have their artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol for an entire year and win a pair of roundtrip airline tickets to Washington D.C., with other special prizes for the second and third place finishers.

The Congressional Art Competition was established in 1982 to give members of Congress the opportunity to recognize and encourage artistic talent amongst their constituents. For more information on eligibility, contest rules, and entry forms, please visit Congresswoman Walorski’s website at: or contact Ryan Clem in the Mishawaka District office at (574) 204-2645.

WHO: High school students in Indiana’s Second District

WHAT: 2013 Congressional Art Competition

WHEN: Submissions are due by April 19, 2013

WHERE: Artwork can be dropped off at the Mishawaka District Office (202 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, IN 46544), Rochester Mayor’s Office (320 Main Street, Rochester), or the Plymouth Mayor’s Office (124 N. Michigan Street, Plymouth)


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Obama visited Capitol Hill to meet with the Republican Congress for the first time in two years. As only one of seven Members to address President Obama, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) asked him why the federal government does not balance the budget, and the President responded: “America is not a family.”

“Hoosier families sit around their kitchen tables and make tough choices to keep a budget, and Washington must do the same with our taxpayer dollars,” said Walorski. “I appreciate the President coming to speak with Congress, and I hope he heard our concerns and will come to the table to work on a serious budget plan.”

After the meeting, Walorski joined the House Republican Leadership Press Conference–as the only freshman member—to discuss the meeting with the President. Click here to watch.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, a member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement regarding the House Republicans FY2014 budget plan called, The Path to Prosperity: A Responsible, Balanced Budget:

“I applaud the hard work of Chairman Paul Ryan and my Republican colleagues to present the American people with a responsible, commonsense budget that will balance over the next 10 years. At home in Indiana, Hoosier families sit around their kitchen tables and make tough decisions to keep a budget; it is time for Washington to do the same. With record deficits and runaway spending, I am confident this plan will start to erase our $16.6 trillion national debt and spur economic growth to create jobs. I encourage the President and Senate Democrats to come to the table and join us in our mission to balance the budget—proving this Congress will not tolerate business as usual in our nation’s capital.”

Earlier today, Congresswoman Walorski delivered remarks on the House floor in support of the budget, to watch click here.

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